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As we celebrate International Women's Day let's continue to press for progress. Let's continue to work together to break down barriers. And let's continue to encourage our young women and men to pursue careers in STEM.


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Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario's Chief Scientist

MOLLY SHOICHET:
I'm Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario's Chief Scientist.

The role of the Chief Scientist is to really build a culture of science in Ontario, so that we can deliver the best programs for the people of Ontario. We can make the most strategic research investments.

We know that we're in a knowledge based economy and that's rooted in research, and so together we can build a better province and a stronger economy for all of us to live longer and richer lives.

We are known internationally for excellence in artificial intelligence in regenerative medicine in advanced manufacturing. So what we have the opportunity to do then is build on those strengths and expand them with our own networks and with the networks of all of our colleagues across the research infrastructure in Ontario.

I'm really excited when I see young women, or young men actually, interested in STEM because I think with science technology engineering and math. With that as your basis you have the opportunity to invent the future, and what could be more exciting than inventing the future?

I think actually in Canada we have more options for women, so it's a very exciting time for women to enter the field of STEM. But I also know that there's an unconscious bias that we all have, women and men, against women going into the fields of STEM.

There's not an easy answer actually to how we overcome that, but one great way is to celebrate women in science, which we're doing today, and to let people let men and women see that with science you can have a very successful career you can have a wonderful life.

When I first started my career at the University of Toronto there was a program that specifically promoted women in science careers and that gave me that first opening. That first door that opened to an academic career that has turned out to be very successful.

TEXT ON SCREEN:
Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario's Chief Scientist

MOLLY SHOICHET:
As we celebrate International Women's Day let's continue to press for progress. Let's continue to work together to break down barriers. And let's continue to encourage our young women and men to pursue careers in STEM.

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Ontario, Canada
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